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Frock funds for tragic orphans

GENEROUS members of Sheldon Lions Club are raising money for two local children whose parents died in an air crash earlier this year.

GENEROUS members of Sheldon Lions Club are raising money for two local children whose parents died in an air crash earlier this year.

Nick and Emma O’Brien were killed when their Piper Cherokee plane crashed in a Staffordshire field on January 2. The Shirley couple left behind their 18-month old son Joel and Callum - Emma’s ten-year-old son from a previous relationship.

The couple had both taken part in Lions’ events and Nick’s parents are members, so the group decided to set up a trust fund for the youngsters.

Fund raising events like a raft race and charity concert have already taken place and now one Lions member has come up with another way to add to the fund.

Emma Bowden, from Hobs Moat, is selling off wedding and evening dresses donated by local businesses. She said it was a cause that all the Lions felt strongly about.

“Nick’s parents [Annette and Phil] are in the Lions, but both Nick and Emma were heavily involved with the fund raising. They would be out taking part in events like the raft races and the Father Christmas sleigh, so we all knew them and they were a big part of what we do.

“Their death was a tragedy which was very close to home which was why we decided to set up the trust fund. We’ve done all sorts of things and the proceeds have gone into the fund - which only the children will be able to access.”

The idea of selling dresses has gone from strength to strength, with Brides of Solihull, Posh Frocks, Platinum Brides and Lisa’s Bridal Wear among the shops which have donated garments.

Now Emma plans to sell dresses at Solihull’s Ramada Hotel (September 13) and the Belfry Wedding Fayre (September 27).

If you would like to donate some finery or arrange to go and see the dresses at Emma’s home call 07931 968 133.

 

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